» meet Treasa Markle CAFETERIA MANAGER » CARROLL COUNTY (MD.) PUBLIC SCHOOLS Q Congratulations on being named SNA’s 2017 Manager of the Year! When did you find out? A I heard I won the Manager of the Year award one early morning as I was beginning my workday. I was totally shocked and could not believe that I won. Q What helped lead you to earning the award? A I have a positive attitude every day, and I come to work to be with the kids. I know that my job is to give them a nutritious meal and to be a positive person that they can come to anytime. Q Your nomination included your contributions to academic promotions, such as Maryland History Day, and special events, such as Student Book Bingo. What makes these important to you? A I truly enjoy hosting the Thanksgiving and Maryland Day Feasts, because I feel that those are awesome ways to share with the community both the work that we do in the cafeteria and how good our food is. I also love seeing how much the kids enjoy the food! These projects are great outreach events to parents, grandparents, staff and others to enjoy and spend time with our kids in the cafeteria. People don’t do that very often today. Q How long have you been a member of SNA, and what has your experience at Annual National Conferences been like? A I’ve been a member for 22 years and have attended two ANCs: Baltimore and Atlanta. I really enjoyed both, but I did like being closer to home in Baltimore. Atlanta was a great experience, though. I totally enjoyed the classes, the keynote speakers, the exhibits and all the wonderful fellowship with others. Q Do you watch sports and, if so, what’s your favorite team? A I like both baseball and football. My favorite team is baseball’s Baltimore Orioles because they always work as a team, are there for the fans and promote family activities. Q If you could invite anyone—dead or alive—to dinner, who would that be? A God would be my dream dinner guest. He gives me inspiration to do my job each and every day. Q What’s the top item on your bucket list? A Be healthy and happy always, as well as to retire, so that I can spend more time with my grandchildren. Q What motivates you to work hard every day? Do you have any personal mottos? A My motivation for work each day is seeing children with smiles on their faces, working with an awesome staff and knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life. My motto, and I share this with others, is to try to stay positive, keep a smile on your face and work as a team. Q What are your goals for this school year? What about for the next 5 years? A This year, I want to bring up my lunch counts and teach the children more about nutrition. The goal for the next five years is to work toward retirement!
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